Exploring Hypnotherapy for IBS Relief

IBS affects around 15% of Australians, with symptoms tending to first appear during early adulthood [1].

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), odds are you’ve already tried adjusting your diet to cut out trigger foods, incorporated more fibre and adapted to a low-FODMAP. You’ve also probably been advised to implement stress-management strategies, ensure that you’re sleeping, exercising regularly, and perhaps you might have even been advised to explore behavioural therapy [2]. Working out what specifically affects your IBS can be a gruelling process of elimination and cutting out all of the things you love… well, is just plain sad.

“So what else can I do to reduce my symptoms,” you ask? – Hypnotherapy!

And no, we’re not talking about the magician turning you into a clucking chicken kind of Hypnosis, this is medically researched Hypnotherapy.

When used correctly Hypnotherapy may empower you to intentionally enter a focused state, which when combined with psychological therapy, can position you to harness greater control over your mind and body, resulting in a positive subconscious change [2]. After extensive research on the gut-brain connection, Psychophysiologist & Gut-Directed Hypnotherapist Dr Simone Peters has brought forward an innovative solution to help combat IBS symptoms – retraining the way our brain responds to pain and stress signals [2].

Designed by world-leading medical researchers, Nerva is an app that allows you to self-manage your IBS symptoms through gut-directed hypnotherapy [1,2]. This is all done without any medication, partaking in restrictive dieting and having to leave the comfort of your own home! This 6-week program utilises daily hypnotherapy sessions, visualisation, breathing exercises, and educational readings to teach users how to calm down their gut-brain connection subconsciously [2].

89% of Nerva users report having improved their IBS symptoms by the end of the program [2].

This just goes to show how powerful our minds are, especially over the rest of our body and overall health! For more information, visit https://www.mindsethealth.com/nerva or download the app from Google Play or the App Store.

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[1] Lee, H. H., Choi, Y. Y., & Choi, M. G. (2014). The efficacy of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 20(2), 152. DOI: 10.5056/jnm.2014.20.2.152.

[2] Mindset Health. (2020). Nerva. https://www.mindsethealth.com/nerva

[3] Mindset Health. (2020). IBS Flare Up: Symptoms, Causes, Duration & Treatment. https://www.mindsethealth.com/matter/calm-ibs-flare-up

[4] Harvard Health Publishing. (2019). Soothing solutions for irritable bowel syndrome. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/soothing-solutions-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome

[5] Peters, S. L., Yao, C. K., Philpott, H., Yelland, G. W., Muir, J. G., & Gibson, P. R. (2016). Randomised clinical trial: the efficacy of gut‐directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44(5), 447-459. DOI: 10.1111/apt.13706

[6] Webb, A. N., Kukuruzovic, R., Catto‐Smith, A. G., & Sawyer, S. M. (2007). Hypnotherapy for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (4). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005110.pub2

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Eilish Hegarty

Beyond Wellness Coach

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